What’s up movie Geeks!
Jaws is one of my all time favorite movies and I’ve always wanted to see a prequel made about the tragedy of the USS Indianapolis. The story was told by the salty ol’ sea captain Quint, played by the amazing Robert Shaw, aboard the Orca while hunting a killer great white shark with Sheriff Brody (Roy Scheider) and oceanographer, Matt Hooper.(Richard Dreyfuss)
Quint can remind you of the story better than I can….watch below!
Sadly, USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage ISN’T the prequel to Jaws, following a young Quint through the horrors of that tragedy. Instead, we’re getting a “Play it Safe” Hollywood blockbuster, produced to be a tear jerker. Starring the “hit or miss” Nicholas Cage and Tom Sizemore, Aaron Eckhart and Cody Walker (Paul Walker’s bro) and directed by Mario Van Peebles. (Who famously survived a shark attack in the legendary Jaws 4: The Revenge)
The trailer looks good enough, hitting all the right notes that a hollywood blockbuster recounting a tragedy should hit. Though in my mind, when Quint was recounting the story in Jaws, I always saw the shark attacks happening at night. The trailer shows it happening in broad daylight. I guess it’s just not scary anymore if you can’t see the sharks. I know…just a minor gripe. At least they cast Tom Sizemore! It’s just not a WWII movie without Tom Sizemore!
Check it out for yourself!
Throughout WWII, the USS INDIANAPOLIS was known as one of the fastest ships in the entire US Navy. Under the command of CAPTAIN MCVAY (Nicolas Cage), its crew fought bravely in every major US campaign in the Pacific. As President Truman negotiates Germany’s surrender, he gives McVay a new mission. The US Government has developed a secret weapon, which McVay and his crew are to transport to Guam.
The mission goes off without a hitch, and McVay is ordered to take the crew to an island in the Pacific where the men are to report for training. But along the way, disaster strikes. A Japanese submarine under the leadership of COMMANDER HASHIMOTO surprises the Indianapolis and launches several torpedoes into the great ship.
In only twelve minutes, the ship goes down. Of the 1,200 men onboard, only 900 survive the sinking. They wait in the water, believing that their rescue is imminent. When day breaks, the weather turns unbearably hot. Thirst and hunger set in. And the attacks begin.
Hundreds of sharks surround the men and attack without mercy or provocation. After the first attacks, the sharks retreat, but continue to circle the men hungrily.
The Japanese military, on its last legs, celebrates the sinking of the Indianapolis as proof that they might mount a comeback against the US forces. Hashimoto is hailed as a hero. But he secretly wonders why the Indianapolis was so vulnerable. What’s more, he grows more and more disillusioned with the Japanese government’s refusal to believe US claims of a secret weapon that will decimate the Japanese population.
After several days in the water, the men start to lose hope. Overwhelmed with thirst, many begin to hallucinate. Marks continues to pressure the Navy, but to no avail. As the days mount up, and more and more men die, the survivors find a new determination to survive.
But will their sheer will be enough?
USS INDIANAPOLIS: MEN OF COURAGE, tells the remarkable true story of survival. Filled with tense action and brave heroes, it is the ultimate untold story of WWII.
The Geek Abides….